Life is 10% what happens and 90% how we react to what happens.
“Your heart has an infinite amount of space for compassion for yourself and others. And ironically by accepting stress, you relax with it.” ~ Waylon Lewis
Kelly McGonigal on TED: How to make stress your friend
“Can changing how you think about stress make you healthier? Here the science says yes,” says McGonigal. “Your heart might be pounding, you may be breathing fast…but what if you viewed them as signs that your body was energized and it’s preparing you to meet this challenge?” ~ Kelly McGonigal
The Wisdom of Stress:
“Don’t get stressed out by stress.” ~ Waylon Lewis
“May I be given the appropriate difficulties so that my heart can truly open with compassion. Imagine asking for that.” ~ Jack Kornfield
“nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know…nothing ever really attacks us except our own confusion. perhaps there is no solid obstacle except our own need to protect ourselves from being touched. maybe the only enemy is that we don’t like the way reality is now and therefore wish it would go away fast. but what we find as practitioners is that nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know. if we run a hundred miles an hour to the other end of the continent in order to get away from the obstacle, we find the very same problem waiting for us when we arrive. it just keeps returning with new names, forms, manifestations until we learn whatever it has to teach us about where we are separating ourselves from reality, how we are pulling back instead of opening up, closing down instead of allowing ourselves to experience fully whatever we encounter, without hesitating or retreating into ourselves.” ~ Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times
Stress Resources mentioned by Waylon:
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